The Department of Political Science and Public Affairs offers a graduate certificate program in nonprofit organization management.
This graduate certificate is designed for individuals who (1) want to explore a career in one of the nonprofit areas, (2) possess a graduate degree and need to develop specific nonprofit management skills, or (3) want to take some graduate courses without applying to the M.P.A. degree program.
Admissions Requirements for Graduate Certificate
Anyone with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is eligible to apply for admission to the graduate certificate program. In general, applicants with a GPA of 2.75 or better and a well-written essay are admitted into the graduate certificate program.
Applicants who are confident that they are ready to succeed in a graduate program but do not meet the graduate certificate admissions criteria may consider enrolling as non-matriculating students-who are allowed to take two MPA courses (PSMA 6002 Research Methods-Stat Analy and PSMA 6005 Financial Management-Control) prior to applying for the M.P.A. degree program.
Individuals applying for admission to the graduate certificate program must submit the following:
- Official transcript(s) showing successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
- Current résumé
- Graduate certificate application
Application materials may be obtained by contacting the department at (973) 761-9510.
Graduate certificates are awarded for the successful completion of 15 graduate credits as designated. These graduate credits can be applied toward the M.P.A. degree, provided the student attains a 3.0 GPA or higher in the certificate program and satisfies the admission requirements for the M.P.A. program.
The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Organization Management is earned by successfully completing three required and two elective courses.